Tuesday, April 28, 2020

4-28-2020 Quarantine Cooking Part 2

Thick cut (baked) sweet potato fries with a creamy/smoky/spicy dipping sauce.

Pao de Queijo, a Brazilian cheese bread that is naturally gluten free because it is made with tapioca flour or cassava flour.
We were introduced to these last summer in L.A. and I (Cara) am a little obsessed with them now.  At first I figured I was
going to suffer for eating bread, but they were soooo delicious. Then I discovered they were gluten free, and that opened up
a whole new world. I ate them every chance I got and vowed to try to make them. There are different ways to make these,
and since I don't currently have a muffin pan I used the heated milk method, which makes a thicker dough that you can drop
in balls onto a baking sheet. I made these once before using tapioca flour as the recipe calls for, and they were very good -
not as light and airy as the ones we had in California, but still good. This time I tried using cassava flour. They are even
denser and darker in color, but still good. They are chewy, garlicky, cheesy little bites of heaven.
Update: Since making these I have found a muffin pan, so next time I will use the other method (and tapioca flour) because
it sounds like they will turn out lighter (less dense) and more like what I experience in L.A. 

Zucchini tots - yum! I have a recipe for zucchini fritters that are really good. However, I wanted something healthier (not pan
fried like the fritters), so I did the alternate recommendation and made them into tots and baked them in the oven. Very good
- I will likely make these again.

Veggie lasagna made with gluten free green lentil pasta - delicious! I made this in the toaster oven so I didn't heat the house
up any more with the big oven. It's in the 90s every day now, after all.

Cheesy garlic butter potatoes - first time making these this way. They were decent, but took way longer than I expected.

Beans and cheese pupusas with curtido - everything turned out pretty well for my first time making these. The pupusas were
great with some garlic pepper hot sauce and lots of curtido. Pretty cheap and easy to make - I would try these again.

As of yesterday we are still at 18 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and now 6 have recovered. Two weeks with no new
confirmed cases!  They are voting now, though, to extend the State of Emergency for another two months.  They could
soften the regulations and start opening things up during that time, but we'll just have to wait and see.  Clarification of the
new laws will come on Thursday or Friday. 

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